Category » Feminism
Artistic expression requires a certain kind of bravery.  But “courageous performance” takes on weightier meaning in today’s Iran, where young people, with access to the internet, Vans sneakers, and their own wells of energy are by religious law prohibited from (among other things) starting their own rock band.  You think it’s hard to make it as an indie band?  Try it in Tehran.  That city, and it’s earnest, ... Read More
Last night I spoke on a panel at the 92nd street Y. As a way to promote the event, I was asked by the organizers to write a piece for Flavorwire on who I thought were the ten most influential women in pop culture. Since we're on deadline here at BUST and I didn't have much time to devote to this, I whipped up a list of only 7, which they published yesterday, and which I am reposting below. There's a lot more to say about each of these women and why I think they ... Read More
If a porn magazine from thirty years ago can tell you anything, it's that the times, they are a-changing.  The "growing" trend of hair removal has come to the pages of the Gray Lady, where last week they discussed several high-profile women who dared to bare their body hair.  The general sentiment of women with body hair is that it is unclean, unattractive, and somehow, in one of the most successful campaigns of the beauty industry, unnatural.  ... Read More
Last week Kathy Griffin held a pool-side press conference to bring awareness to cervical cancer. To make sure she'd get the press to pay attention, she had a pap smear done in public. While the up-close-and-personal details were kept under a drape, the chair and stirrups were there for all to see. She dressed for the occasion in a blue spangled bikini—something I'd never think to wear to the gynecologist–a matching vajazzle dipping into her bathing ... Read More
To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the release of their book, Manifesta, authors Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards have convened a panel of women to discuss what the feminist third wave is up to today.  From the event description: "During the 1990s, new expressions of feminism were popping up: riot grrls were starting bands and making zines; activist/writers like Rebecca Walker and Naomi Wolf were writing best-sellers and starting organizations; ... Read More
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